Indy – Will Power Fined $30000 Or Community Service For New Hampshire Actions

August 26, 2011


INDYCAR officials have fined driver Will Power $30,000 and placed him on probation for the remainder of the season for his actions during the Aug. 14 IZOD IndyCar Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Due to the public display of these actions, Power will be able to work off the fine by making a series of public appearances on behalf of INDYCAR throughout the remainder of the season.

Power was penalized for portraying unsportsmanlike conduct when he used improper and profane gestures directed toward Race Control following a Lap 217 restart that went awry because of a slick racing surface.

“While the circumstances around the checkered flag were highly unusual, they do not justify this type of behavior, especially in a family-friendly environment,” said Brian Barnhart, president of competition and operations, INDYCAR. “Emotions always are on display in our sport and we know these actions are not indicative of Will’s normal behavior.”

Power may contest the penalty as prescribed in the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook. A protest/appeal may result in an increase, decrease or no change to the penalty.

Team Penske today issued the following statements on the penalty announced by INDYCAR on driver Will Power.


“Team Penske does not condone or approve of the actions taken by Will Power in the aftermath of the restart that was subsequently aborted in the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Clearly Will, like many of the drivers in the field, was very frustrated with the decision that was made by race control to restart the race under dangerous conditions and he let his emotions get the best of him. The team has addressed this incident with Will and we are ready to move forward.”
Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing

“I accept the penalty administered by INDYCAR and I understand that the series has to make a reasonable effort to ensure that this type of behavior will not be repeated by anyone else in the future. I have expressed my feelings about the incident that prompted my poor behavior and I’ve apologized and continue to regret the inappropriate gesture I made as well. Now, I am just looking forward to getting back on track this weekend and trying to earn the best possible results moving forward for Team Penske.”
Will Power, driver of the No. 12 Team Penske IndyCar

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